CelticWhisper

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  1. Urrrgg, not looking forward to that if it's more of the same for Office.
  2. I'm trying to get our corporate Office 2010 installer fully patched via dropping .MSP files in the \Updates folder and am running into a peculiar problem - updates seem to conflict with each other and undo one another's application. For example, if I drop SP2's extracted .MSP files in the \Updates folder and install Office, I can then run Windows Update and get a list of patches for Office 2010 that doesn't include SP2. Great, makes sense, I pre-installed it via the Updates folder. However, when I drop the MSP files from another patch into the folder, even if I rename them so as not to overwrite like-named files from the SP2 application, when I run Windows Update it shows SP2 as an available installation. It's a reduced filesize, but it's still there. This suggests to me that some component of SP2 is no longer installing once other updates are added to the folder. Complicating matters further, re-integrating SP2 then undoes some of the other patches and they show up in the WU update list. Has anyone had success in getting a fully-patched installation of Office made using offline patching, such that a "Check for Updates" operation will yield no missing patches? How did you do it?
  3. I'm sorry to resurrect such an old thread, I know it's terrible form, but I'm fighting with this very issue now. I've tried running setup.exe /a (as well as /A, with the uppercase a) and I get a "Preparing to install Office 2000" window, which stays up for a few minutes and then closes with a "Setup completed successfully" window. I can see no evidence of it creating another directory on the HDD to serve as an administrative install point and I am never prompted for any options. I did try running the Custom Install Wizard once before and there's an MST file in the directory. Do I need to delete this? Is there anything else I need to do in order to revert to a "clean" source? This is running from a folder "O2KSB" which contains the files on the Office 2000 Small Business install CD, as well as the install files for SP2 and SP3. I am extremely frustrated, I will admit that. I am not thinking clearly. I have been interrupted here at the office 12 times since I started trying to figure this out so it's a mess in my head. What am I doing wrong? Thank you and, again, I apologize for bringing back such an ancient thread. I figured it was better than spamming a new one.
  4. This is essentially a follow-up to my "Dot Net Demystified" thread. I'm trying to get WMP11 and the WindowsXP-WindowsMedia-KBabc123 updates integrated into my install source. I found Boooggy's WMP11 slipstreamer and it seems to work well. My question is this: If I integrate WMP11 with this tool, as future updates are released can I just run them with the /integrate switch pointed to C:\XPCD or do I always have to use the WMP11 slipstreamer for all WMP11 updates?
  5. Will check those out as soon as this test install is done. Thank you so much for this.
  6. I've been doing unattended-install work for a few years now, focusing mostly on automation and driver integration, but I've hit the point where I think I've got that stuff down to a science. The .NET framework, though, vexes me more and more with each passing install. I've searched for information on this forum and elsewhere about automating the install of .NET framework components and while I know the information is available, it's not terribly approachable. A lot of the discussions are at a very low level, involving people who've had sleeves rolled up and hands dirty for a long time and are using terms quite alien to me. Other times I'll find one suggestion, see a reply that it didn't work, and see no further replies on how to continue forward. I've heard of RyanVM Integrators, extracting .NET installers, the different stages (T-13, cmdlines.txt, /integrate switches) to run them at, but a lot of this seems either contradictory, inconsistent in results, or incomplete (e.g. I use this installer at T-13...'kay, but do I extract it or not? If so, what do I run? The EXE? The MSI? What?) and it's all starting to run together in my head. I guess what I'm asking is this: Is there a recommended starting point for taming .NET installers? The ones I'm most concerned with automating are version 2.0 because nLite requires it, the stonking huge 3.5 Family Update because it takes forgoddamnever to install and that gets tiring over multiple test-runs, and 4.0 because...latest and greatest? I know from reading that these are not the easiest things in the world to install and it seems a lot of people are fighting with them. If it's just the nature of the beast that they're not intuitive at all to install, I completely respect that and don't expect special treatment. My concern, though, is that there IS an easy solution out there and I've just been missing it. TL;DR Version: Where can I go for simple, explicit, straightforward instructions on how to integrate as many versions as possible of the .NET framework and its updates? I'm drowning in information overload and don't want to chase tried-but-disproved solutions. Thanks in advance for any help you can give. You'll have saved my sanity and that's worth a lot to me.
  7. Great, thanks!
  8. Allen2 - I figured as much regarding the intent of GPOs but GPO (or maybe just PO? LocalPO?) settings do make a difference on what will and won't happen even on a standalone PC. Locking out control panel pages, mandating proxy settings, freezing wallpaper, etc. are all quick examples. I am looking at implementing a domain but for the time being I still use gpedit on individual systems to force certain configurations. -X- - Thanks for the clarification. I'll definitely give Regshot a try and see what happens. Regarding the gpedit dialog boxes, do you know whether subsequent changes made via gpedit to settings initially configured by registry entries will cause conflicts? I imagine it wouldn't if it's a simple overwrite but I don't want to set myself up for headaches down the line. Thanks to both of you for the info.
  9. Anyone here have experience installing, and automating the install of, the Progression ERP client for Exact Software's Macola ERP system? It's a staple of my generic PC setup procedure and I'd love to be able to include it in my InitialSetup.bat script, but try as I might I've only found that setup.exe /s makes any difference at all, and at that it only seems to sit there and do nothing for a few seconds. Any Macola gurus able to advise?
  10. Hi all, long time no post. I'm getting back into the unattended-setup game lately and I had a couple quick questions about configuring GPOs automatically. First, as I'm unaware of any GPO/MMC scripting tools, I'm going to go out on a limb and assume the only way to configure these is by directly editing the registry entries to which they correspond. If anyone knows of a way to automate GPO settings, do tell as I'd love to have the resource available to me. Now, assuming I go and configure GPOs by registry edit, the question I have is as to whether those changes will be reflected in gpedit.msc if I load it after installation (assuming...I know, a lot of assumptions...I run the registry edits during cmdlines.txt execution). For example, if I configure IE to point to our local proxy (IP 192.100.100.45) via a .reg file, if I then load gpedit.msc and go to User Config-->Windows Settings-->IE Maintenance-->Connection-->Proxy Settings, will the box be checked and the address/port/exclusion info boxes be populated or will it show as the blank default despite the registry settings being in effect? Also, if it doesn't show, what happens if I then have to go and change the settings? Does GPEdit overwrite the registry settings or will there be a conflict? Aside from this question, is there a good, quick way to monitor the registry for policy-related changes so I can go through, apply the policy settings I want, and be told which registry keys were changed as a result of each one so I can create the requisite .reg files? Thanks, you guys are awesome.
  11. I'm wondering if a program exists that can monitor the size of files to which it's pointed and then generate alerts once they hit a specified threshold. I'm thinking PST files specifically, but a general-purpose utility would be fine as well. Alternatively, are there any server-side apps that would do something like this and then auto-Email sysadmins when a file grows too large? Thanks for any help you can provide.
  12. I'm having some difficulty forcing a spreadsheet to cooperate with how one of our users needs it to print. There's an extraneous column containing pricing info for a retailer she doesn't work with and she wants to exclude it from the print, scaling the remaining portion of the document up to fill the space left by the final column's removal. However, when I set a print area that excludes this unnecessary rightmost column, the remainder of the spreadsheet is not scaled up (using "Fit To" 1 wide, 5 tall). Instead, there's white space on the right side of the page that's exactly as wide as the unwanted column in prints that do contain it. Can anyone tell me how to get rid of the column and also scale up the remainder of the document to fill the page? It appears that deleting it won't work as there are merged cells in some rows that run across it. Can these be unmerged? Also, there's a dark outline that I presume is a table or group or some such meta-structure that is present in part of the column. Is there a way to get rid of that? Thanks very much.
  13. Hi all, I'm wondering if anyone here can point me to any language-translation tools, either Microsot-developed or third-party, for Office (Word) 2000. I'd prefer FOSS or at least free-as-in-beerware, but commercial solutions are okay as a last resort. I know later versions of office have the functionality built in, but 2000, alas, does not. Even if the software you point me to is a separate program and not a plugin, I think that'd be fine. The user really just needs some kind of text language translation for dealing with international orders. Thanks very much, everybody.
  14. (sorry, double post)
  15. If you want quality I'd use FLAC, APE, or SHN for lossless encoding without patent encumberments. If you want quality without filesizes requiring an 18-wheeler to tote around, try Vorbis. Not that widely supported, but you can always use something like RockBox on a portable device. Plus, most portables aren't listened to in optimal environments anyway.